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March 9, 2016

The Hopewell Story

Nestled in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country is a beacon of hope for adults struggling with mental illness. This residential “therapeutic community” fittingly is named Hopewell. It is here where adults diagnosed with mental illness find peace and healing.

When her family was personally impacted by mental illness, Cleveland native Clara T. Rankin sought the best possible care. She found that care at Gould Farm, a therapeutic community in Massachusetts. The success of the Gould Farm model inspired Mrs. Rankin to envision a similar facility in Northeast Ohio. With the help of a formidable group of devoted professionals and friends, she raised the necessary funds, found a suitable property and in 1993 established Hopewell in rural Mesopotamia, Ohio. Hopewell’s first residents (residential clients) were welcomed in 1996.

Nearly 20 years later, Hopewell continues to serve adults age 18 years and older whose primary diagnoses are schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, severe depression or other forms of mental illness.

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